Antonio Esfandiari Wins WSOPE Event #2Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker Europe is in full affect currently, and we just wrapped up the second event of the tournament series, and it has officially been one heck of a World Series of Poker for Antonio Esfandiari. After Esfandiari entered into the $1 million buy-in event for The Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas over the summer, he walked away with an incredible $18 million first place prize. It didn’t take long for his name to pop back up in the winners side of things again, as he bought into the €1,000 + €100 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry tournament, and walked away as the winner by beating out 625 players that featured two Day 1’s. At the end of the event, Esfandiari walked away with $164,656.
Esfandiari has now won a total of three gold bracelets in his career, and his stretch began back in 2004 when he took down a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event that brought him in a pay day of $184,860. It took him quite a while to lock up his second gold bracelet though, which was this summer at the Big Drop, but it was one of the most talked about bracelets in all of poker history. Now he has a WSOPE gold bracelet as well, and he becomes the third player in history to bring him a WSOP bracelet and a WSOPE bracelet in the same year, with the two other players being Jesper Houggard and J.P. Kelly.
The win for Esfandiari not only brought him in a bit win, but it also boosted him up in the rankings for the World series of Poker Player of the Year as well, as he is currently sitting in first place for the rankings with 683.10 points. His closest competitor is currently Phil Ivey with 568.70 points, and then John Monnette with 541.25 points. There are still a few other players who have the chance to be able to catch up to Esfandiari though, so that’ll definitely be a race that we should keep our eye on as well.
When we started up Day 3 of the action it was Esfandiari and 14 other players still in the action, and he held the chip lead. Esfandiari started off with 383,000 chips, while the closest player to him was Antonin Teisseire with 243,000 chips. Esfandiari went up and down with his stack a bit, but was never really at risk, and when all was said and done it was Esfandiari against Remi Bollengier going into the heads up match. The Magician held the chip lead at 1.075 million to 810,000, and the two went back and forth with some major moves before the two ended up with their stacks back at the starting points.
The final hand featured Esfandiari raising to 33k and Bollengier calling, and a flop came down with the Tc-8s-As, and Bollengier checked, which led to an Esfandiari bet. Bollengier then check-raised and Esfandiari called. The turn was a Qd which saw a bet from Esfandiari and a call from Bollengier. The same thing happened on the river with Esfandiari going all in when the 5d came on the river, and Esfandiari turned over Q-8 for two pair, which beat the Q-7 of Bollengier to give The Magician the bracelet.